Software Update: Winamp 5.1 beta 3

The Nullsoft website accidentally posted an early beta version of Winamp 5.1 for a short time. The downloads have since been removed, but a number of early birds from Kool Lite Tools managed to get hold of them and now have one mirror set up. The most striking thing about this version is the suffix ‘Surround Edition’ and that immediately reveals the most important new feature. In the Nulsoft forum not happy with this version leaking and warning of instability, especially on machines that don’t run Windows XP. In any case, the changelog of this release looks like this:

Winamp 5.1 Surround Edition

  • New: CodingTechnologies AACPlus encoder! The MP3 Killer! Awesome at low bit rates too!
  • New: Grand Prize Winner of the Internet Surround Music Project!
  • New: SHOUTcast Wire – A Media RSS Browser and Subscription Service
  • New: Predixis Smart Playlist Generator
  • New: AOL Radio featuring (((XM))) Free Sampler!
  • New: CD Ripping now available at 8x in free version!
  • New: Microsoft WMA encoder
  • New: Over 200 new Milkdrop presets!
  • Update: in_vorbis now returns bitrate in extendedfileinfo
  • Fixed: WMA stutter playback
  • Fixed: out_ds copy button on status tab now works all the time
  • Fixed: Much improved ripping and playback with Sonic engine
  • Fixed: Video window now resizable regardless of Sidecar
  • Fixed: Length of long mp3s now reported properly
  • Fixed: Silent install switch now works properly
  • Fixed: Simultaneous CD Playback and Ripping


Version number 5.1 beta 3
Operating systems Windows 9x, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Website Nullsoft
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License type Freeware